Almost any wig can be straightened, but wigs made from synthetic fibers need more care. Because the fibers are made from plastic, they are sensitive to high temperatures and cannot be straightened without a hair straightener. The one exception to this is wigs made from heat-resistant fibers. This article will show you simple ways of straightening a synthetic fiber wig. It will also show you how to straighten a wig made from heat-resistant synthetic fibers. You bought synthetic and now it is all tangled (how to untangle a wig) and doesn’t look like hair, you may wonder how to make it straight?
First, grab a tripod or some sort of stand that you will be able to attach your foam head that will allow your wig to hang completely straight when wet. Make the hair wet, or just somewhat wet. Turn the handle of the tripod straight up. It conveniently fits a foam head perfectly and securely. Insert the head onto the handle. Put the wig on the head. Attach with pins so it doesn’t slide off the head during the process.
Brush all the knots out of the wig with a wig brush or wide-toothed comb. Now brush it but make sure that you hold at the top of the hair and then brush down, while holding on to it otherwise it won’t be brushed and the hair will be ruined.
Put the tripod and wig in the bathtub. You’ll be drenching the thing so you’ll want to have it somewhere safe for water. Fill a pot (or kettle, if you live somewhere that people have kettles XD) with water and put it on the stove. You’ll want to keep an eye on it so the water gets hot, but not so hot that you will completely melt the wig. Between 180℉ and 185 is a good temperature. Once the water is at the ideal heat, say your final goodbye to your wig’s curls.
You want to make sure the wig is completely soaked. It would be fine to just start with pouring the water over the top of the wig, but I quickly dipped the ends in the water and swished it around really fast to make sure they got wet. This particular wig style has two long pieces that are much longer than the rest of the wig, so that was a precaution I took to ensure the pieces got wet.
Then you just pour the water over the top of the wig and watch the magic happen. The heat allows the fibers to be reshaped right before your eyes. Remember, the wig must hang completely straight for the wig to dry straight. It may take a few pots to get the wig completely soaked. I think I heated and poured three pots for this wig. Never brush a wig when it’s wet! You can mess up the fibers.
Then you just leave it alone and let it dry for a few hours. Allow the wig to dry fully before taking it off the stand. You revisit your wig a few hours later, you may find it is so pretty when it’s straight! It’s like a totally different and new wig.